15 May Healthy Travel Guide to Noosa
Noosa is an exquisite slice of coastal bliss and one of my favourite weekend getaways. And beyond the region’s natural wonders, Noosa has a flourishing health scene of cafes and food stores, outdoor activities and wellness retreats. Far from ‘letting yourself go’, Noosa is the perfect place to re-energise and embrace healthy travel. So here’s your Healthy Travel Guide to Noosa and everything you need to know to have a fabulously healthy holiday.
Healthy Eats – Food Options in Noosa
Noosa has a huge selection of high-end seafood restaurants that serve up incredibly fresh seafood fare. But if you’re looking for healthy, cafe-style meals, check out my faves:
Belmondos Organic Market and Vanilla Food Cafe
59 Rene St, Noosaville
Certified organic grocery store and artisan cafe.
Unknown by tourists but a favourite with the locals, Belmondos Organic Market is well worth the 10 minute drive from Hastings Street. And once you’ve stocked up on fresh local produce, reward yourself with a meal from their onsite eatery, Vanilla Food Cafe.
We visited for lunch and feasted on raw vegan smoothies, superfood frittatas and acai bowls. All healthy, all delicious!
Noosa Health Eats – Belmondos’ Superfood Frittatas.
4/239-245 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
Healthy cafe, offering gluten free, paleo and vegan options.
Gympie Terrace along the Noosa River is quickly becoming Noosa’s newest cafe hotspot. Our favourite is definitely Depot Cafe. This bright and colourful little space offers fresh and healthy meals for breakfast and lunch each day.
Try the pitaya bowls for breakfast, smashed avo for lunch and fresh juices every. single. time. You and your tastebuds will not leave disappointed. Promise.
Noosa Healthy Eats – Depot Cafe’s Pitaya bowl.
Blended Health Bar
418 Hastings St, Noosa Heads
Health bar offering vegan, gluten and dairy free bowls and smoothies.
Blended is located on Hastings Street and the perfect place to stop for post-swim smoothies or acai bowls. We headed here in the afternoon and sampled their gluten and dairy-free, vegan acai bowls. Acai and cacao was our fave flavour combo.
Noosa Healthy Eats – Acai bowls from Blended Health Bar.
52 Hastings St, Noosa Heads
Plant-based superfood bar offering raw vegan and gluten free options.
Coconut Head is a plant based, superfood bar also located on Hastings St and the ultimate stop for refined-sugar-free raw cakes (that are freaking amazing!). Their clean menu features “coconut heads” (their raw cakes), smoothies, bowls, chia seed cups, salads and snacks. We headed here specifically to try their coconut whip and raw cakes. I can report back with confidence – they are incredibly tasty. The Choc Banana Sundae we devoured was 90% coconut water and coconut probiotics so it was basically a health food, right!?
Noosa Healthy Eats – Choc Banana Sundae from Coconut Head.
Noosa Farmers Market
149 Weyba Rd, Noosaville
Every Sunday from 7am till noon – a great option for those self-catering.
Perfect for those staying in self-catering apartments, the Noosa Farmers market is packed with seasonal organic produce and health products. Nestled amongst gum trees, you’ll find everything from Kombucha, activated sourdough and superfoods to locally sourced ingredients and natural skincare. It’s a weekly ritual for locals and the perfect place to stock your holiday apartment pantry.
The Source Bulk Foods
24 Lanyana Way, Noosa Junction
Bulk wholefoods and health food store.
If you miss the Noosa Farmers Market, check out The Source Bulk Foods at Noosa Junction. It has an amazing range of health foods including paleo, gluten-free, organic and vegan products as well as a self-serve section for nuts, seeds, grains, muesli and more. Just take your pick and scoop out exactly how much you want – super simple. Another great way to fill your holiday apartment pantry for an extended stay in heaven.
Get Active & Explore
Noosa National Park Coastal Track
If walking is your thing, then Noosa National Park’s Coastal Track is for you. Perfect for a morning jog or a stroll with the family, the track is a great way to stay active while exploring some of Noosa’s beautiful National Park. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a pod of dolphins swimming off the coast or even whales during their breeding season.
Afternoon walks on the Noosa Coastal Track.
Kayak in the Noosa Everglades
Often described as the region’s ‘best kept secret’, exploring the Noosa Everglades by kayak or canoe offers the perfect combination of active escape and forest bathing. Getting across Lake Cootharaba requires a sizeable amount of muscle (or technique) but there’s plenty of time to float along, enjoying the sounds of nature and admiring the mirror-like reflections once you hit the Narrows.
Watching the sunrise after an overnight kayak safari in the Noosa Everglades..
Learn to Surf
Where better to catch a break than Noosa National Surfing Reserve. Famous for it’s slow peeling waves, Noosa is a great place to hang ten or learn the ropes as a newbie. Jesse loves to surf at First Point and learning to surf is on my bucket list now that we’re living across from the beach.
Catch a break at First Point with the locals.
Hike in the Hinterland
While the Noosa Trail Network offers eight scenic hinterland trails, when on holidays we generally prefer our hikes to be a little less strenuous and with a view that overly rewards our lack of effort. With that in mind, the short hike (can you call it a hike if the path is paved?) to the top of Mount Tinbeerwah is a perfect example. Less than an hour round trip, and stunning panoramic views of the Noosa hinterland around to the ocean, it’s well worth the short drive from Noosa Heads to catch a scenic sunset.
Stunning views from Mount Tinbeerwah.
Wellness isn’t just for the wealthy. The Japanese have known this forever and their practice of ‘forest bathing’ is starting to catch on for the rest of the world. The practice of simply being in the presence of trees has been studied and proven to reduce stress hormone production, boost our immune system, lower heart rate and blood pressure and improve our overall feelings of wellbeing. So head out amongst it, to where the wild things are in Noosa National Park and soak up all the forest you can.
Yoga on the beach
If you’re not the kind of person who likes to namastay in bed all morning on holiday, then morning yoga on the beach might just be your idea of travel bliss. You can DIY anywhere along Main Beach or book in a class with one of the many yogis practicing in Noosa. A post practice dip in Noosa’s crystal clear waters will cool you down and provides that healthy dose of essential sea minerals.
Getaway Pantry Picnic
Romantic sunset picnics are good for the soul. And with Getaway Pantry doing all the hard work for you, just rock up to a secluded spot along the Noosa River and give your relationship the pampering it deserves. With a cute teepee and plenty of healthy platters to choose from, you can indulge with no strings attached.
Sunset picnic with Getaway Pantry on the Noosa River.
Pamper Yourself at a Day Spa
If you’re looking to indulge in a little luxury spa adventure then you have more than enough options to choose from. From massages and facials to day spa packages and full-day retreats, there’s almost unlimited pampering possibilities in Noosa.
Explore Eumundi Markets
Eumundi Markets are a little bit special in the world of markets. Beyond the standard arts and crafts, you’ll find a whole range of fresh produce, healthy food stalls, local natural skincare products and even alternative healers and practitioners. After more than 30 years, it just gets bigger and better every year and is worth the 20 minute drive inland from Noosa Heads.
Exploring Eumundi Markets on a Saturday morning.
Where to Stay in Noosa for Healthy Travelers
Seahaven Noosa Resort
15 Hastings St, Noosa Heads
Luxury beachfront apartments
Why you’ll love it: What could be better than a luxury apartment that overlooks Main Beach? If you answered ‘nothing’, you are correct. It is literally right on the beach, with the gate from the pool area (two pool areas actually) leading right onto beautiful golden sand.
Why it’s a healthy choice: We love staying in apartments that allow us to make and prepare healthy meals at least some of the time – eating out three times a day doesn’t normally work well for us. At Seahaven, all rooms offer kitchen facilities and plenty of bench space. This meant we could bring our travel bender to make smoothies for breakfast, and I even cooked up some yummy local fish and salad for dinner one night to enjoy on our balcony. Having a fridge also helps. The Queensland summer is balmy so we also kept supplies in the fridge to make up cooling acai bowls and snacks throughout the day.
Inside our one bedroom apartment at Seahaven.
The stunning views of Noosa’s Main Beach from our balcony at Seahaven.
Healthy Travel Guide to Noosa – Top Tips
1. Treat your taste buds to one of Noosa’s many healthy cafes.
2. Stock your holiday apartment pantry with goodies from the Source Bulk Foods or the Noosa Farmer’s Market.
3. Get out and explore the natural beauty of Noosa and surrounds.
4. Take time to unwind and embrace wellness while holidaying in coastal paradise
5. Stay in an apartment so you can make and prepare your own healthy meals at least some of the time.
We plan to regularly update this Healthy Travel Guide to Noosa with our latest experiences so let us know in the comments if you have any healthy must-try Noosa activities or places to stay.